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first_imgAnother voice has entered the arena of public discussion on a track and field matter about which there are varied opinions. There has been continuing dialogue surrounding the issue as to how much work is too much, as far as the process of caring for and developing young athletes is concerned. Now coming with a related topic is none other than the world-class sprint coach, the Honourable Glen Mills, OJ, who rescued then shepherded the legend Usain Bolt from the depth of despair to the lofty perch in world sprinting which he now enjoys. This, after the Trelawny-born 2002 World Junior Champion seemed to have stumbled through two global events, the 2004 Athens Olympics and the Helsinki World Championships the following year. Mills’ slant speaks to athletes in their formative years, being asked to compete when hurt. There are those who argue that ‘running hurt’ is naturally accompanying with the sport. The sentiment is extended to suggest that just as a sniffle should not preclude going to work, a niggle can be countenanced while engaging in a sporting activity. That thought may be acceptable in professional exploits at the senior level, but this columnist rejects that view for our young children, as in so doing, it could rob them of a hopefully rewarding career. Coach Mills has cited two instances during the 2017 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys & Girls Athletics Championships where a male and a female athlete were asked to compete wearing tapes, which are clear indicators that something is amiss in the area where they appear. He appeared disturbed as he deemed the two individuals to be crucial cogs in the wheel of the sport looking forward. These are the words of Foster’s Fairplay, but the tracks were carefully laid by the man who also has conditioning responsibility for the joint second- fastest sprinter ever, Yohan Blake. If Mills is to be taken seriously and given his expertise and experience, he should, this is worrisome in the extreme. But then, the creator of the once productive Camperdown High School Sprint Factory and co-founder of the Racers Track Club, is merely the Meet Director at Champs. He is not blessed with the power or the professional qualifications to compel a coach to withdraw an athlete under these suspected circumstances. Any such attempt could lead to unwelcome repercussions and thoughts of interference into areas thought to be the sole purview of school management, which in many cases means an all-powerful coach. It should be accepted by the organisers and indeed all involved in the staging of the world renowned event, including sponsors, that the future of these youngsters is of paramount importance. They need to be protected from over exuberant coaches who see that shiny medal as well as the points attached, as the main or perhaps, only target of their admittedly hard work and sacrifice. To answer to coach Mills’ obvious concern, there should be a body of suitably accredited personnel, empowered to identify instances where athletes are put into competition carrying those injuries or trauma that are likely to hamper their future progress. As copious as the talent is, it is not proper, in the opinion of this columnist, to ignore its nurture simply because, there is more waiting in the wings. The powers that be cannot give credence to any belief that has such a fallacy at its core. It needs to be emphasised that it is not acceptable to vest what ought to be a medically guided decision in persons not so qualified, and, with that in mind, a viable solution to the problems expressed should be sought. The Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association ruled just prior to the start of the season against, what in their opinion, was the overuse of athletes. The restrictions they instituted were hotly contested in certain areas. The results of their action might not be with us for years to come. Regardless, they must rule again in the further interest of our young athletes, nothing less. No entity should be seen to kill their aspirations or those of their families, who are simply waiting in line for a better day. Least of all, those under whose umbrella of care they fall. For Feedback: Email – lauriefoster2012@gmail.com Future importantlast_img read more


first_imgThe United States Agency for International Development and Food and Enterprise Development (USAID-FED) in collaboration with the Government of Liberia yesterday inaugurated a multipurpose soil science laboratory at Grand Bassa Community College in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.Anthony Chan, USAID Mission Director, said the inauguration of the GBCC soil science laboratory is part of the United States Government Feed the Future Program which is aimed at supporting agriculture in the country.He asserted that FED has pursued three inter-related goals as it works to help improve the Liberian agricultural sector and has focused on helping rice and cassava farmers increase their yields and profitability. “It has also worked with Liberian entrepreneurs, particularly youth and women, to stimulate the growth of agricultural-related enterprises. FED has partnered with various government agencies, particularly the Ministry of Education, to help developLiberia’s agricultural workforce capacity,” he stated.The GBCC Science Laboratory is part of the National Diplomat in Agriculture (NDA), a 2-year market driven agricultural program, intended to prepare high school graduates for employment opportunities in Liberia’s agriculture sector.“The NDA program has been established in the four community colleges in Nimba, Lofa, Grand Bassa and BWI,” he said in his remarks.The USAID Mission Director said his government through the FED program is working to develop Liberia’s agriculture sector through several agricultural programs in the country.Mr. Chan encouraged the students and instructors to take advantage of the enriched learning and teaching opportunities provided by the Centers. “We look forward to seeing many successful entrepreneurs emerge from these Centers,” he urged.Agriculture Minister Dr.Moses Zinnah lauded the efforts of USAID-FED through its support to the country’s agricultural sector by empowering local farmers in the counties to promote agriculture in four value chains.He emphasized that without science laboratories it is very difficult for students to have vivid knowledge on agriculture.He pledged to work with partners who are in the country to provide maximum support to the sector to make sure that the country gets on the path to food security.He mentioned active engagement with local farmers in the various counties, working with the caucus engaging private sector involvement among others as his first steps to ensuring a vibrant agricultural sector.“Agriculture is in demand of skilled men and women in the country. In order to promote agriculture we will work with our farmers in the counties that are involved with farming activities to provide more training and empowerment to grow more food that will help improve food security,” he said.USAID-FED’s Chief of Party, Mrs. Agnes Luz, described the science lab as a multipurpose facility inaugurated to empower farmers through testing their soil before planting their crops.Mrs.Luz said promoting agriculture is the goal of USAID-FED and promised to continue working with farmers in the country to boost production in the four value chains including vegetables, cassava, rice and goats.“With this soil science lab, GBCC agriculture students will practically learn the testing of soil, animal and plant samples,” Madam Luz assured.Madam Luz meanwhile clarified that the lab is not only for GBCC agriculture students but will also be used by farmers in the community to test and know the best soil that would yield the desired produce.The GBCC Soil Science Lab is the second that USAID FED is supporting to improve food sufficiency in Liberia since millions of dollars are spent on the importation of food, especially rice, Liberia’s staple food.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgBBC Northern Ireland released an astonishing video of broadcaster Colin Stafford-Johnson going in search of basking sharks – and they even came to the surface to say hello!Stafford-Johnson was awestruck as he could hear their tails swishing from side to side as the three sharks swam nearby. He explains that as they have two fins, sometimes people think there are more sharks than there actually are.The incredible aerial footage shows that the sharks are bigger than the presenter’s boat!The enormous creatures, which can be anywhere from 6 to 8 meters long, come to Ireland during the summer months.Despite their intimidating size, they are not dangerous to humans or other fish as they only eat plankton. Watch: Basking sharks get up close and personal with BBC presenter! was last modified: April 1st, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Basking SharksBBC Northern IrelandColin Stafford-Johnsonlast_img read more


first_imgFinn Harps captain Kevin McHugh with Mark Farren at a fundraiser.Former Derry City striker and Greencastle native Mark Farren has returned from Mexico after undergoing four-weeks of intensive treatment.The footballing community rallied to Farren’s cause when it emerged an operation he had to remove a tumour had been unsuccessful.It meant Farren had to raise £30,000 to undergo revolutionary treatment in Mexico to try and save his life. The response from all over Ireland and beyond was overwhelming and over £40,000 was raised to enable Mark to go to a specialist clinic in Tijuana in Northern Mexico.Farren was accompanied by his wife Terri-Louise and had gruelling treatment on the grade four brain tumour.However, it is not yet known if the treatment has been a success or not as it is too early to tell.They won’t know until they return to Mexico which they plan on doing at either the end of August or at the start of September. His wife Terri-Louise has said the treatment has left Farren exhausted but has thanked everyone for the messages of support and everybody is praying the treatment will be a success.STRICKEN SOCCER STAR MARK FARREN BACK FROM MEXICO AFTER INTENSIVE TREATMENT was last modified: July 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Mark FarrenMexiconewssoccerSporttreatmentlast_img read more


first_imgGardai have confirmed that a fire which destroyed an Orange Hall in Newtowncunningham was started deliberately.The Orange Hall in Newtowncunningham after is was badly damaged by fire this morning. Pic by Denis Hutton.The fire was first spotted at 7am on Sunday morning.The roof of the building and much of its contents was completely destroyed in the blaze. The hall had only been completely refurbished last year and was used up until last friday when a party party had taken place in te building which is located on the village’s Main Street.There was a previous arson attack on the hall in 2010.Gardai have now appealed to locals who may have seen anything suspicious to contact them.Responding to confirmation from An Garda Síochana that the fire that devastated Newtowncunningham Orange Hall in County Donegal was an arson attack local Sinn Féin TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn described it as an attack on the entire community. Speaking after inspecting the damage at the hall with members of the local Orange and Protestant community Deputy Mac Lochlainn said those responsible for this attack represent nobody but themselves.“Anybody with any information relating to this incident should bring it immediately to An Garda Síochana.“I sincerely hope that those responsible will be brought to justice.“I also want to convey the solidarity of the entire community in Donegal with the minority Protestant community at this time. I have no doubt that that community will unite together and rebuild the hall.”  ORANGE HALL BLAZE WAS STARTED DELIBERATELY – GARDAI was last modified: September 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:blazeGardaiNewtowncunninghamOrange Halllast_img read more


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Whether they want a tofu diet for Tigger or a neck massage for Muffin, pet owners looking for nontraditional animal care are finding it with local veterinarians, animal experts and even those who also practice medicine on people. At Seco Canyon Animal Clinic, animals can get anything from homeopathic remedies to traditional pet care. Veterinarian Evelyn Vega, who owns the Saugus facility, learned about alternative pet care after graduating from Purdue University. Vega was making house calls with another veterinarian in the San Fernando Valley at the time she was building a client base and was surprised to learn how many clients wanted acupuncture for their pets. So she began taking acupuncture classes and then learned about other therapies for animals, from herbs to massage therapy. She offers these services to clients, many of whom don’t use alternative medicine themselves but are open to new therapies for their animals. “It’s a different thinking than Western medicine,” Vega said. “You have to think Western but think how they would make a diagnosis in Eastern terms.” Using between four and 14 needles per acupuncture session, Vega said there’s no way to know how an animal will react. She doesn’t use sedatives on them, but instead gives massages, which usually relax the animals. Many get the therapy to speed recovery from injuries or ease back pain. Most of her clients are dogs. In some cases, acupuncture is used to stimulate appetite and is activated by a point at the tip of the nose. So when a mean cat with an aversion to eating came in, Vega had to get the fine needle in its nose. In the end, the feline consented. Chiropractor James Langford of Van Nuys treats dogs and cats with sore necks, jaw problems, bad backs and other alignment issues. Because cats stretch so much, they usually need fewer treatments than Fido, and can be on the mend in two to three weeks. But dogs need more time to heal. Langford sees his canine patients once a week for about a month. Sometimes longer. “It all depends on the situation,” he said. !dtpo st!Sue Doyle,(661) 257-5254sue.doyle@dailynew s.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAUGUS – She’s tried everything for her bad back. Acupuncture. Acupuncture with electrode treatments. And now a chiropractor. Splash, the 13-year-old Dalmatian, has a condition that behaves like arthritis of the spine. And her owner, Terry Jones, is trying alternative medicines on her pooch to relieve the pain. “There are times that she stands still for one half-hour all hunched over because she can’t move,” Jones said. Eastern medicine, with its organic approach to healing, has challenged the Western way of practicing medicine in doctor’s offices for years. Now it’s reaching out to animal care. last_img read more


first_imgSix fishermen were rescued off the coast of Inishowen last night when their boat began taking on water.The RNLI responded to the call off Inishowen.The crew were on board a commercial crabbing vessel two miles off Dunree when the water began to come on board at about 3.15am.The crew made an emergency call and two lifeboats from the RNLI based in Buncrana and the rescue helicopter 118 from Sligo rushed to the scene. Three members of the RNLI boarded the vessel and using a salvage pump, they managed to get the water from the boat and began to tow the vessel.All the fishermen were wearing lifejackets and had the liferaft ready to be deployed.A spokesman for the RNLI said there were no injuries.Once the boat was stabilised, the lifeboat escorted the vessel safely back to shore at Rathmullan where it arrived at seven o’clock this morning. Following the four hour operation, Mark Barnett, Lough Swilly RNLI Coxswain said: ‘The six fishermen deserve to be commended for their quick actions in the early hours of this morning. They called for help once they got into difficultly and had their life raft ready if needed in an emergency. The boat had taken on a considerable amount of water but thankfully our crew was able to assist and avoid the vessel from sinking and assist the men safely back to shore.’  SIX CREW RESCUED FROM STRICKEN VESSEL OFF COAST OF DONEGAL was last modified: September 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDunreehelicopterInishowenrescueRNLIlast_img read more


first_imgMahrez (7) scores for Algeria against Guniea on Sunday. (PHOTO/Agency)AFCON 2019Algeria 3-0 Guinea30 June Air Defence Stadium, CairoSunday, 07-07-2019Algeria secured a place into the last eight with a comfortable 3-0 win over Guinea at the 30 June Stadium on SundayYoucef Belaili, Riyad Mahrez and Adam Ounas all were on the score sheet for the Desert foxes.The 1990 Africa Cup of Nations have now scored nine goals and are yet to concede in this year’s edition.Baghdad Bounedjah had a great chance to give Djamel Belmadi’s side the lead in the 20th minute but his effort went over the bar.Four minutes later, the Algerians were in dreamland when Esperance forward Youcef Belaili broke the deadlock with a sensational finish.In the 57th minute, Mahrez expertly eased away from Issiaga Sylla to double his side’s advantage. This was also his second goal of the tournament.Substitute Ounas put the cherry on the icing of the cake scoring his third goal of the competition from 12 yards after Youcef Atal quality low cross from the right.The Algerians will face either Ivory Coast or Mali on Thursday July 11th in the quarterfinals.Algeria have won their last four games in the Africa Cup of Nations. They have done better only once in the event, during the 1990 edition when they won five in a row.Guinea have now lost five of their knockout stages games in the competition without keeping a clean sheet.The other game on Sunday-Madagascar 2(4) – 2(2) DR CongoMonday’s fixtures-Mali vs Ivory Coast @7pm-Ghana vs Tunisia @10pmComments Tags: Adam OunasAFCON 2019AlgeriaBaghdad BounedjahDjamel BelmadiGuineaRiyad MahrezYoucef Belaililast_img read more


first_imgUp to 200 members of the Browne family gathered last Saturday for a mighty family reunion and an even bigger party.This was the second Browne Gathering of its kind, building on from the first event in 2013.Relatives from many generations and from all over the world joined the event at Jackson’s Hotel Ballybofey. Visitors came from Scotland and US states including Florida, North Carolina and New Jersey. “It was like a big wedding without the bride and groom,” said Seamus Browne, who heads up the organising committee for the reunion.“We had a sit-down meal, followed by music from the Paul Kelly band and a disco with DJ Paddy Friel. We enjoyed fantastic service from Jackson’s.”Darren, Elizabeth, Seamus and Serena Browne at the Browne Gathering 2018 in Jacksons Hotel on Saturday last. Photo Clive WassonThe night was such a success that the family are now considering having the gathering every three years. Is it hoped that relatives from Australia can make it next time, while family members from North Carolina joined the occasion for the first time this year.The most senior family member was Mary Browne, who at 88 years young, danced the night away! Some new family members have joined the Browne clan since the last event, with the youngest being just two weeks old and a little too young to party just yet. Members of the Browne family at the Browne Gathering 2018 in Jacksons Hotel on Saturday last. Photo Clive WassonThe event has also created an opportunity to chart the history of the Brownes of Meenticat. Seamus said they have been able to trace back eight generations: “The first Browne man, Niall Mór, looked after 600 acres of farm at Meenticat owned by the Hayes’ of Drumboe. The story goes that he did such a good job that the farm was given to him. He passed the land on to his son, Niall Beag, who divided the farm between his two sons, Paddy and James. Paddy (my great grandfather) got the upper half and James got the lower part. To this day, we are called the Upper Brownes,” said Seamus.The first family gathering in 2013 was something that had been talked about for 20 years, until a committee was formed to get everything in order. Almost 300 Brownes attended the first, with almost 200 attending last week’s event.Visitors who travelled from abroad are making the most of their stay in Donegal and exploring the county this week, so the event has an added tourism boost too!Photos by Clive Wasson PhotographyMary Rose Farren, Margaret Farren, Rose Browne, Bernadette Browne, Carol Anne Connolly and Cara Marie Connolly at the Browne Gathering 2018 in Jacksons Hotel on Saturday last. Photo Clive WassonCiaran Gibson and Nicole Browne at the Browne Gathering 2018 in Jacksons Hotel on Saturday last. Photo Clive WassonLauren and Alana Browne at the Browne Gathering 2018 in Jacksons Hotel on Saturday last. Photo Clive WassonBrian, Emmett, Kieran and Stephen at the Browne Gathering 2018 in Jacksons Hotel on Saturday last. Photo Clive WassonElaine Parker Browne and Marion Browne at the Browne Gathering 2018 in Jacksons Hotel on Saturday last. Photo Clive WassonAaron Wasson helps guests pick the perfect photograph at the Browne Gathering 2018 in Jacksons Hotel on Saturday last. Photo Clive Wasson Picture Special: The big Browne Family Gathering is another big success! was last modified: July 19th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:browne familyeventsGatheringJackson’s Hotelpicture specialREUNIONlast_img read more


first_imgOKLAHOMA CITY – For every finish and pass he makes, DeMarcus Cousins has increasingly proven one significant thing to the Warriors.“That can no one can stop him,” Draymond Green said. “Same [stuff] that we knew years ago. Starting to see it again.”The Warriors are seeing it again indeed. In the Warriors’ 110-88 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, Cousins had 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting, held his own against another elite center (Steven Adams) and showed improvements …last_img read more